With dynasty leagues typically holding their first-year player drafts in January, February, or March, managers in those leagues do the hard work each offseason reviewing the most recent MLB draft class and incoming internationals.
This is Baseball America’s fourth crack at ranking the top 100 first-year prospects in dynasty leagues; you can see how we did in 2020, 2021 and 2022. This year our focus is on 2022. 15 this year. We also ranked two recent Japanese imports from Nippon Professional Baseball.
These rankings were developed by Carlos Collazo, Jeff Pontes, and Ben Badler, giving undergraduate readers the best experience on draft, professional, and international talent pools.
As always, we focus more on upside and positional talent versus pitching. This is the main reason why players who are ranked high in draft or organizational top prospect rankings may end up lower here. It’s a matter of applying proper context through the lens of fantasy baseball, where power, speed, and a player’s hitting tool are the most valuable attributes a position prospect can possess. Conversely, pitching is all about power. Offensive value is paramount in dynasty baseball, and there is a heavy bias toward pitchers with swing-and-miss arsenals.
– Q: stands for Batting/pitching hand where there is an asterisk
means left-handed, blank means right-handed, and pound sign (#) means switch hitter. – BA grades appear in the 2023 Prospect Handbook and rate players’ major league value on a 20-80 scouting scale. Each undergraduate grade is gradedRisk. In this exercise, all players are rated as average (M:), high (Q:), very high (V:) or extreme (X:
2023 Top 100 Prospect Breakout Candidate. Outfielder Miguel Bleis
Scouts who have seen the 18-year-old in 2022 believe he has the makings of a true five-tool player.